Hiking The Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria “Seven Summits”


The huge Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Circus has 400 kilometers/250 miles of well-marked trails in the summer. Whether you strike out on your own, prefer guided tours by the tourist association or take to the trails with children – you will have an enjoyable experience! Grab the free book detailing everything you’d ever want to know about 31 different hikes; difficulty, how many kilometers/miles, change in altitude, average amount of time to hike. Walking guides also divide hikes into four different themes:  “Hiking on our highest peaks” – “Panoramic walks with a great view” – “Walking with the whole family” and “Theme paths”

Four operating cable cars, and 40 mountain huts use the Joker Card, WanderCard and Alpine Pass.

Effective Summer 2011, sure-footed and experienced mountain hikers can challenge themselves on the “Seven Summits of Saalbach Hinterglemm”. This nearly 24-kilometer/12 mile hiking tour goes over the highest summits of the Glemmtal and is only for the physically fit.

What is the “Seven Summits” Tour like?

- First collect a Seven Summits Chip at the cash desk or lift staff of the Schattberg X-Press before you start; you can only log into the summit terminals with a chip!

– Begin at the Seven Summits Tour at the Schattberg X-Press and ride to the top. The well marked path leads from Stemmerkogel over Hochkogel to the most difficult climb of the tour – the Hochsaalbachkogel. The tour continues over Barensteigkogel, Manlitz, and Mittagskogel to the final highlight and highest peak of the Glemmvalley, the Geifstein at 2,363 meters/8,638 feet before beginning a difficult descent of the Birgel to the end of the valley.

There are no cabins along the route! Plan carefully. Consider the weather. Bring sufficient food, water and carry clothing for all eventualities. I’ve hiked up mountains wearing shorts, under a brilliant and hot sun only to experience a snow storm at the top. Always remember – mountains make their own weather.

The Seven Summits is far beyond my hiking ability and very Schwer (hard in German).

hiking map portion 1

 

hiking map 2

 

Up for a challenge this summer? Go for it…

 


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